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Financial Realities

on Friday, 20 July 2012. Posted in Newsletter Articles

The ORacle, August 2012 Issue

Your Governing Board had a challenging two months this past spring, preparing a budget for our 2012-2013 year. Dues income has been flat for the past four years while our expenses have increased over time. We have reached the point where we need to put our day-to-day expenses on a sustainable path. As important as our volunteers are to running the congregation, we cannot survive on volunteers alone. The Religious School, Shabbat services, High Holy Days, adult education, and other activities all have a price tag. So do the electricity, phones, staff, and routine property maintenance.

The Weeping Willow

on Friday, 25 May 2012. Posted in Newsletter Articles

The ORacle, June-July 2012 Issue

Kathie and Tony Roon and Vicky and I were in Budapest a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and had an emotional afternoon visiting the Jewish quarter. The Great Synagogue is the largest in Europe. It was heavily damaged in World War II. Renovations did not begin until after the Soviets withdrew from Hungary in 1991. The synagogue’s architecture and interior reflect the Moorish influence on the region with minaret domes on the roof and an ornate interior that is world’s apart from Temple Beth Or, or any other synagogue I have visited.

Adonai in the Night Sky

on Thursday, 26 April 2012. Posted in Newsletter Articles

The ORacle, May 2012 Issue

"God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times…"
- Bereshit 1:14

For those of us who look to the heavens at night, the winter sky put on a good show these past few months, even here in the grey Northwest.

Why Does Pesach Resonate so Much?

on Sunday, 01 April 2012. Posted in Newsletter Articles

The ORacle, April 2012 Issue

In the spring affiliated and unaffiliated Jews assemble in homes throughout the world to join in the Pesach Seder and celebrate the story of the Jews’ Exodus from Eretz Mitzraim. Pesach is the most widely observed holiday in the Jewish calendar. What makes this holiday so significant for us? Why does it resonate so much?

Troubles in Beth Shushan

on Thursday, 01 March 2012. Posted in Newsletter Articles

The ORacle, March 2012 Purim Issue

The Rebbe shoots for the moon not wanting to divulge the true purpose of those secret Governing Board meetings. TBO town is in chaos over rumors that the nefarious Haman Boles has returned from the past and the Board must act quickly. He had disappeared after his prior greasy appearance on a feverish Saturday night but was recently seen trying to sabotage the Temple’s air conditioning system. King Haroshuerus must act fast or TBO will go down the proverbial coolant tubes. The Board has been in emergency session 24/7 but the King has vanished leaving ex-king Ronachai holding the bag (You never wanted to give up the throne, did you Ronachai?).

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